Required Forms​​

VA Form 21-0966 - Intent To File A Claim

VA Form 21-526EZ -  File A Claim

Disability Service Connection

Secondary Service Connection-Increased

Disability Compensation-Temporary

Total Disability Rating -

 Individual Unemployability -

Compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151 -

 Special Monthly Compensation -

Specially Adapted Housing/Special

Home Adaptation Automobile 

Allowance/Adaptive Equipment -

Benefits Based on a Veteran's

Seriously Disabled Child

VA Form 21-0958 - NOD

​Notice of Disagreement

The first step to appeal

VA Form 21-534 EZ

Application for DIC, Death Pension, 

Change of Address

TDIU Annual - VA Form 4140

VA form 21-686c

Declaration of Status of Dependents

Review of Allegations of Inappropriately Completed Consults

and Inappropriate Bonuses at the St. Louis VA Health Care System

Healthcare Inspection – Follow-up Review of the

Pause in Providing Inpatient Care VA Northern

Indiana Healthcare System, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Healthcare Inspection – Quality of Care Concerns

in a Diagnostic Evaluation, Jesse Brown

VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

Review of VHA's Patient-Centered Community

Care (PC3) Provider Network Adequacy

10 Things You Should Know about Emergency Preparedness

Senators press VA on Agent Orange benefits

VA puts controversial inventory system on ice

Review of Allegations Regarding Quality of Care, Professional

Conduct, and Contractual Issues for

Cardiothoracic Surgery and Perfusion Services

Inspection of VA Regional Office Los Angeles, California

Review of Alleged Mismanagement of Mail for Unemployability

Benefits at VA Regional Office Seattle, Washington  

Review of Alleged Inappropriate Referrals at the Southern

Nevada Healthcare System to a Non-VA Medical Provider

Senators press VA on Agent Orange benefits

Combined Assessment Program Review of the

VA Maine Healthcare System Augusta, Maine 

Review of Alleged Improper Pay at Hudson Valley Health Care System

VA urged to favor veterans on toxic exposure claims

Evaluation of contaminated drinking water and male breast

cancer at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune,

North Carolina: a case control study

Combined Assessment Program Review of the

Manchester VA Medical Center Manchester, New Hampshire 

​Update: Basic Medical Benefits Package for Veterans

​All enrolled Veterans receive the Department of

Veterans Affairs (VA's) comprehensive

Medical Benefits Package which includes preventive,

primary and specialty care, diagnostic, inpatient

and outpatient care services. Veterans may receive

additional benefits, such as dental care depending on their unique qualifications.

Department of Veterans Affairs

Audit of Fiduciary Program Controls Addressing

Beneficiary Fund Misuse 

For the period January 1, 2013, through December

31, 2013, we identified 147 of 304 (48 percent)

required misuse actions associated with the

management of 122 beneficiaries were not

performed timely or according to policy.

VBA did not:

 Timely complete 117 of 265 (44 percent)

required actions to determine if

misuse of funds occurred.

 Complete 30 of 39 (77 percent) required

actions after misuse of funds

occurred, such as reissuing (restoring) misused funds, performing collection actions,

and completing internal negligence determinations.

 Remove two fiduciaries that misused funds and

allowed them

to continue to manage 48 other beneficiaries.


Disabilities determined by VA to be related to your military service can lead to

monthly non-taxable compensation, enrollment in the VA health care system, a 10-point hiring preference for federal employment and other important benefits.

Ask your VA representative or Veterans Service Organization representative about Disability Compensation, Pension, Health Care, Caregiver Program, Career Services, Educational Assistance, Home Loan Guaranty,

Insurance and/or Dependents and Survivors’ Benefits. 



What is Dependency and Indemnity Compensation?

Minnesota VA official under scrutiny for transfer to St. Paul

The head of the St. Paul benefits office could face criminal prosecution

for financial dealings while arranging to have herself transferred from the East Coast. 

Colton Blasts Dyker Heights VA Hospital For Shuttering Surgical Wing

Assemblyman William Colton throwing his support behind the service men and

women who have been protesting the closure of the surgical unit at

Dyker Heights’ Veterans Affairs Hospital (Brooklyn VA).
“If the veterans can risk their lives for us and our country, the least we can do is

make sure the Veterans Affair hospital is not closed and its needed

services, where many of the vets receive treatment and care are not reduced,” said Colton.

Local VA whistleblower testifies on Capitol Hill

Whistleblowers from Veteran’s Affairs facilities across the country are

back at home now after a trip to Capitol Hill.
A small group was invited to testify in front of the Senate Governmental Affairs

Committee regarding retaliation after coming forward with claims of falsified

records, chronic delays for care, and some questionable medical practices. 

One of those invited was an employee of the Overton Brooks

VA hospital here in Shreveport, Shea Wilkes.

VA can propose a disability rating reduction

There are several circumstances where the VA will propose a

reduction in a veteran's service-connected a disability percentage.

​"VA is Lying, Vets Are Dying" billboard displayed in Tomah

​Drivers on I-94 passing by Tomah will now see a billboard that says "VA is Lying,

Vets Are Dying," as part of a national campaign to bring

awareness to alleged issues within the VA system.

After 640-Day Wait, VA Gets a Nominee for Inspector General

​After more than 640 days with the office vacant, the Veterans Affairs Department’s

inspector general slot now has a nominee, President Obama announced on Friday.

Seattle VA Dumped Paperwork In Yellow Bucket And Ignored It

​The situation caused the Seattle VA Regional Office to send out letters in 

2014 erroneously telling some Puget Sound veterans that they might lose disability benefits.

Seattle VA office lost records; veterans told benefits ending

An inspection by the government showed that dozens of military veterans

incorrectly received letters indicating they’d lose unemployment benefits

after an overworked VA staff in Seattle lost track of records they had submitted.

VA Facility Made $500K in Improper Payments

A Los Angeles office for the Department of Veterans Affairs improperly paid

nearly $500,000 to 14 veterans, according to a report from the VA inspector

general released Wednesday. Staff members at the Los Angeles VA regional office

(VARO) improperly processed 24 of a sample of 90 disability

claims dating back to December 2005, resulting in the

347 improper monthly payments totaling about $499,976.

10 Questions Visitors Asked

​Answering your questions about

Social Security disability benefits.


​Learn How the Ticket to Work

Program Can Work for You


Above are the executives who control your VA benefits and your health care.

​Click on an image to learn more about them.

California LGBT Veterans Struggle To Get

Military Benefits They Were Promised

​California’s LGBT military veterans are voicing their concerns at the state

Capitol, with many vets saying they aren’t receiving the military benefits they were promised.

Officials Investigating After Legionella Found Again At Pittsburgh VA

The Pittsburgh VA is dealing with Legionella once again, after three faucets

at one of its hospitals tested positive for the bacteria.

Bill targets VA whistle-blower retaliation

​Two GOP senators have introduced legislation to halt retaliation against

whistle-blowers at the Department of Veteran Affairs. “Congress must not stand

by while executive branch agencies retaliate against good people who

are just trying to do the right thing,” Sen. Ron. Johnson (R-Wis.) said in a press release.

McCain: VA head must punish employees

​Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is demanding that Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary

Robert McDonald hold employees accountable in the wake of a

watchdog report that found officials have used their positions for personal gain.  

Dr. Brett Valete provides Military Veterans with psychological

Independent Medical Evaluation, Independent Medical Opinions,

Nexus Letters and Ratings Reviews. For more information visit

​VA ‘Aid & Attendance’ often misunderstood

​Many veterans and family members erroneously

assume the VA’s “Aid and Attendance” (A&A) benefit

is one that will provide actual home healthcare for a

veteran or a veteran’s spouse. In reality, A&A

is simply an additional monetary award

granted under various conditions.

Presidential Memorial Certificates

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a gold-embossed paper certificate bearing the signature of the

current President of the United States

and honors the memory of deceased,

honorably discharged Veterans.

Health Care Benefits for Dependents (CHAMPVA)

The Civilian Health and Medical Program

of the Department of Veterans Affairs

(CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health

care benefits program in which the

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shares

the cost of covered health care

services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries.

​Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)

​​Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Based Primary Care

(HBPC) is a unique home care

program that provides comprehensive,

interdisciplinary, primary care in the homes of Veterans

Social Security Disability

Insurance Benefits

​The following information will lead you to the

next steps to apply for this benefit.


Presidential Memorial Certificates

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a gold-embossed paper certificate bearing the official signature of the current President of the United States and honors the memory of deceased, honorably discharged Veterans.

Veteran & Dependent Burial in VA National Cemeteries

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places and lasting memorials that commemorate their service to our nation.


​Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Services for Veterans with Disabilities

​Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) is an employment-oriented program that helps transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans with service-connected

disabilities and employment handicaps to prepare for, find, and keep suitable employment. Services may include employment assistance, short and long-term training, purchase of required supplies and equipment,

and on-the-job training.


Disability Benefits 

Questionnaires (DBQ's) 

List By DBQ Form Name

​​DBQ Provider Instructions



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Department of Veterans Affairs

PO Box 5235
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Toll Free FAX Janesville – 844-822-5246

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